Approved: 13.09.2008

Clare Kenny

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Approved: 13.09.2008

Your truth is my lie
Clare Kenny works with a variety of materials such as found objects and building materials yet her work almost always originates in photography, or simply just the idea of the photograph. Manipulation of materials including that of the photograph play a central role in her work and the questioning of their given roles especially that of the photograph and its job of presenting

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  • Location: Basle, Switzerland
 

Biography

Your truth is my lie Clare Kenny works with a variety of materials such as found objects and building materials yet her work almost always originates in photography, or simply just the idea of the photograph. Manipulation of materials including that of the photograph play a central role in her work and the questioning of their given roles especially that of the photograph and its job of presenting a factual record, or the truth. This is also present in her use of plastic foils and spraypaint which are utilised in order to look like or stand-in for other materials such as marble or stone. Most of her objects and images seem to base themselves around the idea of real and fake, truth and lie; positives and the negative, as in photographic film. Their material transformations often leaving us with the question of what it is we are actually looking at, metal, marble, wood etc, leading us down many paths and coming to our own conclusions. This material fakery is not surprising as Kenny is trained in trompe l'oeil painting techniques and together with the manipulation of photographic prints, she creates multi-layered and multiple versions of her reality. As it is her reality with which we are faced for these are objects she has collected over the years even from her childhood and together with the images which are all taken by her she creates an archive. It is this archive which she constantly plunders when creat¬ing a new version of her reality or history, both of which are interpreted and re-interpreted over again, always presenting a new face. Coming from a make-do working class mentality where nothing goes to waste in which every¬thing and everyone has the potential to become something else. Glass from an old frame or an old fence panel combine together with other objects and materials to create new narratives. Or plastic sheeting once used to protect the studio whilst spraypainting now becomes a piece of work in itself. Plaster objects are cast from an archive of everyday items originating in other artworks, previous exhibitions, studio and homes where she has lived and now take on new relevance and stature in their metamorphoses from object to record. The works are deeply rooted in her identity and history, this is also often visible in the titles where there are many references; yet her work is still capable of talking universally as they speak of the everyday, the diaspora and of longing and belonging.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2012 - The Frame, DOLL espace l'art contemporain, Lausanne 2011 - odds and ends, Galerie Gisèle Linder , Basel, Switzerland 2011 - Your truth is my Lie, ABBT PROJECTS, Zürich 2005 - Bits and Pieces, Art Gene, Cumbria Group exhibitions 2012 - ART43BASEL, MESSE HALLE 1-2, BASEL 2012 - Off the beaten Track, VON BARTHA GARAGE, BASEL 2012 - swiss art awards 2012, messehalle 4, Basel 2012 - The Thing itself, ABBT Projects, Zürich 2011 - Das wandernde Bild, Coalmine Gallery, Winterthur 2010 - "THE AMAZONE CONVERSATION", Raum zur Kunst, Basel, Switzerland 2010 - Art41Basel, Gisèle Linder Galerie, Messe Basel, Basel, Switzerland 2010 - artforum Berlin, Messehalle Berlin, Berlin 2010 - F#, Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel, Switzerland 2010 - Regionale 11, Kunstraum Riehen, Riehen, Switzerland 2010 - Regionale 11, Plug-in, Basel, Switzerland 2010 - Swiss Art Awards 2010, BAK, Messhalle 3, Basel 2010 - The Evidence, SUPERMARKET Artfair, Stockholm, Sweden 2009 - IN-SITU, Kunsthalle Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland 2009 - "Des mondes voisins", Galerie Gisèle Linder, Basel 2009 - (...) , Galeria Omphalos, Bari, Italy 2009 - Auswahl09, PhotoforumPasquArt , Biel, Switzerland 2009 - Des mondes voisins, Galerie Gisèle Linder, Basel Switzerland 2009 - Objects Intervene, MARCdePUECHREDON, Basel, Switzerland 2009 - Regionale10, Kunsthaus Palazzo, Liestal, Switzerland 2009 - The Gallery and The Store, Volta5, Basel Switzerland 2008 - Regionale 9, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel Curated projects 2010 - The Artist and the Photograph , Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel, Switzerland 2009 - Objects Intervene, MARCdePUECHREDON, Basel, Switzerland 2007 - Aesthetics of Anxiety, MARCdePUECHREDON, Basel, Switzerland 2007 - The Drawing Cabinet, E-halle, Basel 2001 - Peachy, 291 Gallery, London